The City of Kingman is set to receive an influx of out-of-state visitors next week as they kick of the 2016 Girls (12 and under) Western ‘B’ National Softball Tournament. Centennial Park will be the site of Kingman’s first National tournament in more than a decade starting July 26th-31st.
Tournament officials are pleased to announce that they reached their target number of teams and players who will be flocking to Kingman from all over the South Western United States. Of course, they won’t be coming alone. City officials are preparing for as many as 2,000 family members and spectators to accompany the young ballplayers.
“A tournament of this magnitude is always a huge boon to the local economy” says Ryan Fruhwirth, Recreation Coordinator for the City of Kingman and a tournament committee member. “The revenues to be collected from our local hotels, restaurants and businesses are likely to be significant, but the exposure that our city and our park facilities will receive will be invaluable.”
The City of Kingman is attempting to reposition itself as a destination for sports tourism, catering to groups and tournaments from out of the area to boost revenues. Jennifer Wheeler, a tournament committee member, was quoted as saying “Kingman used to be well known for its consistent, successful softball and baseball tournaments. We hope that this tournament will be a big step in that direction.”
Parks maintenance staff have been working feverishly to ensure that the details of this tournament are attended to.
“A tournament like this comes to town maybe once every ten years. We are working hard to make sure that people are blown away when they see our facilities” says Guy Reynolds, Parks Superintendent.
City and tournament staff are not only ones who are working to roll out the red carpet. Local hotels and restaurants have partnered with the event to make sure that they make an impression the visiting players and spectators.
Residents are encouraged to come out to Centennial Park to cheer on the local teams from Lake Havasu, Bullhead City and Kingman. Games begin at 8:00am Wednesday and will continue all day through Saturday. For more details about the tournament, contact Ryan Fruhwirth at (928) 692-3113.